The Roman Museum of the Arts in the Twenty-first century is holding an exhibition on construction planning and building development and research during the Second World War. This exhibition, named “Architecture in Uniform. Designing and building for the second world war” will be open until May 3rd 2015.
The exhibition tries to display how, despite what is usually assumed in recent art history, the field of architecture experienced “a time full of research and transformation”. Affecting both the military and civilians alike, architecture was called upon, like many other displines, to contribute as any other human resource for the warring nations.
The exhibition explores the various ways in which architects worked during this period, such as testing new construction materials and techniques, inventing new forms of camouflage and propaganda, and designing gigantic structures for production and war test as well as concentration camps, modernizing both techniques and design methods.
The exhibition comprises an extensive international section, with a wealth of discoveries and spectacular images, while for the MAXXI edition a major section has been added that focuses on Italy and the incessant building and planning activities that in those years was already laying the foundations for the construction boom of the post-war period.